Jump to content


Photo

Converted Thompson Mag


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Rebel Rifle Ordnance LLC

Rebel Rifle Ordnance LLC

    Member

  • Regular Group
  • 46 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ellisville, MS

Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

Couldn't locate any M6 mag's so I decided to try my hand at converting a Thompson one.  I took a look at the two mag's and thought how hard could it be?  First mag I made worked decently well but I decided to change a few things on the second one which operates flawlessly.

 

I cut about half of the Thompson external follower channel, the thing that sticks out the back of the mag to allow it to have enough clearance to go into the M6 magwell.  Next, I took the side of an old BAR magazine and cut out a strip of metal which happened to match nicely on the back of where I needed to weld it to the M6 magazine.  I welded that on and left a little bit of bead weld at the top of the mag to give it a bit of a rise for the mag latch and also to allow it to fit more snug in the magwell of the M6.  Without this extra material the Thompson was a bit too loose for my taste.  Lastly, I filed down the weld bead for the mag latch and voila, an M6 mag.  

 

A couple observations.  The mag seating depth is critical.  A little to far down and the gun won't cycle.  On my first attempt, I filed too much and the mag sat too low in the gun and it caused failures to chamber / jam.  Once I got the seating depth spot on, it ran no problem.  Another thing I deleted was the side tabs on the original M6 mag.  It's not needed provided you cut the Thompson follower rail just enough where the mag release bumps into it if the mag is pushed further.  I didn't plan on that happening it just did, lol.

 

It's not the prettiest mag you'll find out there but it beats paying the asking price of M6 mag's.

 

36278386596_2f5d4c7b14_k.jpg

36153465892_49940ba938_k.jpg

35513030963_51c0765b2a_k.jpg


Edited by Rebel Rifle Ordnance LLC, 01 August 2017 - 06:36 PM.

  • 0

#2 Grasshopper

Grasshopper

    Long Time RKI Member

  • Board Donor
  • 249 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sunny Florida
  • Interests:Engines, Tractors(old, rusty is better), mechanisms, and the occasional MG

Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:42 PM

Hi RRO,

 

Good job!  I do prefer Thompson or Thompson converted mags.  I can't tell the front from the back on M6 mags :)

 

Amaze your friends - Shoot your M6!

 

Grasshopper


  • 0

#3 huggytree

huggytree

    Long Time RKI Member

  • Regular Group
  • 2323 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:WI
  • Interests:Fast cars, Guns, Work

Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:27 PM

i made an offer to the guy who has the $400 ones on GB...it was for less than 1/2 what he was asking....no response.......id really be curious how many he has sold for $400......ive also sold some rare Sterling mags NIW for a premium (double over common/used mags).....a few were willing to pay for the best....in this case i think $200 would be a crazy premium price....at $400 i dont think he wants to sell them...

 

ive seen the same guy selling a thompson for a very high price also.....maybe his tactic works and if you list it for a year it will eventually sell at that price.....


Edited by huggytree, 08 August 2017 - 08:28 PM.

  • 0